Morales has not been lights-out this spring, but rather decent with a 3.97 ERA in 11 1/3 innings. He is competing with Jordan Lyles for the fifth spot.
"I want to start," he told the Denver Post. "I have more pitches now. I have more confidence. I will be ready for whatever they want me to do. But I would like to start."
Morales has yet to prove himself in limited opportunities in that role with Colorado and Boston. Control has been an issue - he has walked more than one batter per two innings throughout his career. But he has walked just two and struck out 13 in exhibition play this year.
A groin strain has scratched
Bryan Price said the strain is not considered serious, though he does not know when Bailey will make his next start. He added his belief that the ailment will not prevent Bailey from being ready for the regular season.
Matt Williams has reported that
Lloyd McClendon has revealed that
Maurer appears to be on the outside looking in at a rotation spot. He has given up five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings this spring. He showed little as a rookie in 2013 with a 5-8 record and 6.30 ERA.
Cano has been tearing it up this spring. He is batting .609 with six RBI, though he has just two doubles and no home runs.
Machado, who exploded onto the scene last season as a sure fielder and doubles machine, seems certain now to begin the season on the disabled list. Buck Showalter had said last week that Machado was ahead of schedule in his recovery, but the latest news serves as a setback.
Minor hopes to return to game action by April 12, but the Braves could be more cautious with him given the injuries that have knocked Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen out of the rotation.
His availability and health have grown in importance. He blossomed in 2013 with a 13-9 record and career-best 3.21 ERA. He yielded just 46 walks and fanned 181 in 204 1/3 innings.
Oviedo has been throwing, but not to hitters. He still believes he will be ready for the regular season. He is shooting for a spot in the bullpen.